Dangerous trees felled at People’s Park

Stephen Kinsella

Reporter:

Stephen Kinsella

LIMERICK City Council, confirmed today that they were forced to cut down eleven elm trees in the People’s Park, because they were a danger to the public.

LIMERICK City Council, confirmed today that they were forced to cut down eleven elm trees in the People’s Park, because they were a danger to the public.

LIMERICK City Council, confirmed today that they were forced to cut down eleven elm trees in the People’s Park, because they were a danger to the public.

The trees were chopped down on Tuesday, and as work started, the Limerick Leader received numerous calls by mobile phone from people in the Park expressing their “concern” that the trees were being felled.

Limerick City Council Parks Department Superintendent, Michael Sheehan said that the trees had to be cut down in the public’s interest due to a disease that was incurring inside the tree’s. “Butt Rot is the name of the disease that has affected these trees. It is a major pity that we have had to cut down these trees but our hands were tied. The Butt Rot would work from the inside the centre of the tree and would start to spread outwards, so we had to cut them down. If we did not take action now, there was a strong possibility that the trees would have fallen of their own accord, and this would be very dangerous for any member of the general public,” he stated.

Many local residents gathered in the Park to watch the Council staff cut the trees. Many were disappointed, but upon learning the news of the rot, the general consensus was that it was a major shame, but accepted that the Council did not have many options.

This opinion was typified by Rosbrien resident, Pat McMahon who was among the crowd that had gathered. “It is a major pity that they had to be hacked down, but I suppose that they had to be cut down because they had a rot. Like your man said, they had no option. However, looking on the bright side it does portray the monument in a better light with nothing blocking it anymore. Also, in fairness to the council the twelve rose beds that they have planted around the monument are lovely, so at least the area still looks nice.”

One protester shouted as the men undertook their work “They are our trees. They belong to the public.”